Former NFL running back Emmitt Smith told NBC’s Sports Talk that would lie about concussions to stay on the field and keep playing during a game.
“Oh, most definitely,” Smith told NBC SportsTalk, per ProFootballTalk.com. “At the end of the day, if I can make it happen, I’m going to make it happen. I’m going to do what I have to do.”
Smith said that players don’t think about what shape they’ll be in after they retire.
“How many people think about — ‘Someday, I’m going to be 50?’ — when they’re 20-something years old?” Smith said. “As a young player, you can go through certain things that you might not understand the repercussions right then and there because it’s in the moment.”
Smith is right, players don’t think about how their health will be down the road, but then they’ll want to sue the NFL for their injuries, even though they would do the same thing all over again.